Plant-based Packaging Coca-Cola Produces World’s First PET Bottle Made Entirely from Plants

Editor: Tobias Hüser

The Coca-Cola Company unveiled the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials at the World Expo - Milan. Plant Bottle packaging is a fully recyclable plastic bottle made from renewable plant materials.

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The PET plant bottle of Coca-Cola
The PET plant bottle of Coca-Cola
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Milan/Italy – Plant Bottle packaging is The Coca-Cola Company’s vision to develop a more responsible plant-based alternative to packaging traditionally made from fossil fuels and other non-renewable materials. The packaging uses patented technology that converts natural sugars found in plants into the ingredients for making PET plastic bottles. The packaging looks, functions and recycles like traditional PET but has a lighter footprint on the planet and its scarce resources.

It can be used for a variety of packaging sizes and across water, sparkling, juice and tea beverage brands. Today, the company uses sugarcane and waste from the sugarcane manufacturing process to create Plant Bottle packaging. Since the 2009 launch, The Coca-Cola Company has distributed more than 35 billion bottles in nearly 40 countries using its current version of Plant Bottle packaging which is made from up to 30 % plant-based materials. It is estimated the use of the packaging since launch has helped save the equivalent annual emissions of more than 315,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.